A word splash takes key words from an article, story, or text and "Splashes" them on a chart or whiteboard. In this sample, I created my wordsplash in the shape of a bat since the Informational Text included is about Fruit Bats. I have listed a run-down of this pre-reading mini-lesson to help you guide your students. I love this strategy! Vocabulary is where my students struggle. This is a fun way to get students participating with higher-level thinking, and also encourages focused reading and better comprehension. Once you try it--you can apply it to future units of study.